Micropigs, and five other 00s trends that seem scarcely credible today

JUST 20 years ago, the UK was so idiotically credulous it believed there was a new breed of pigs that fitted cutely into teacups. We actually fell for this bollocks: 


The pipeline is now well-established: family buys miniature piglet they assume won’t grow any bigger, piglet gets bigger, family ends up with 700-pound porker grunting and snuffling around their suburban home because there’s no such thing as a micropig and never has been. And the Beckhams never had them, either.

Geek chic

A trend marked by check shirts, braces, thick rimmed glasses, bow ties and moustaches printed on just about everything. Some still have curly moustaches tattooed upon their index fingers to hold under their noses. And geeks turned out to be unattractive regardless, because owning every issue of the Fantastic Four is not sexy.


The Diet Coke Goths lurked around town centres in their uniform of skinny jeans, racoon-like eyeliner, studded belts, lip piercings and dyed-black hair in long face-hiding fringes. Defined by introversion, self-loathing and social alienation until they realised they were only unpopular because they listened to shit emo bands.

Charity wristbands

Promoted by serial drugs cheat Lance Armstrong and serial twat Chris Martin, in 2005 you were no-one unless you collected stretchy coloured bands that implied any non-wearer didn’t give a f**k about poverty, AIDS, or bullying. Ended when it was found Make Poverty History bands were produced using forced labour and making poverty very much present.

MSN Messenger

No noughties teen could live without spending all evening messaging friends until they had to G2G or BRB. They’d log off and on, vying for the attention of crushes by seeming coy and mysterious, changing profile names to anything angst-ridden enough to prove to Sophie in year nine biology how badly they were taking the break-up.

Blazin’ Squad

The boyband reached its apothesis and conclusion in Blazin’ Squad, which rostered up to 300 members at a time all enlisted from a single Walthamstow lamppost. Had one chart-topping success with a cover version and adopted pseudonyms like Flava and Melo-D, because that was the only way they could legitimately claim to have either taste or melody.

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Salary not listed on job advert because it's so good it will blow your mind

AN EMPLOYER admitted not including salary details on a job advertisement because the astronomical sum would warp applicants’ brains.

Facilities management company Laserus of Northampton substituted the numerical data with vague promises intended to entice candidates like ‘competitive’, ‘market rate’ and ‘benefits package’.

HR manager Carolyn Ryan said: “Why not list a key element of the role on the ad? Because it’s just too f**king amazing to comprehend.

“Seriously, this is an entry-level position but the wage is anything but. And the promise of untold riches would attract people who just want to be made for life, not those with a genuine passion for multi-site facilities management.

“By holding onto this information, candidates will delay their euphoria at earning a life-changing sum until after the application process. It’s for their wellbeing.

“Some malicious rumours suggest that remuneration isn’t disclosed because it’s not that high, but that couldn’t be more wrong. Our salaries are actually so good that we refrain from listing them so our competitors don’t feel bad about theirs.”

Job applicant Emma Bradford said: “Such a fun surprise when you complete three rounds of interviews, a written test, and Myers-f**king-Briggs to discover a role demanding ten years experience pays less than you’re earning now.”